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It says there is no recording device, when there is a camera.

My laptop come equipped with a camera. i have used this as a webcam before, but when i try this time, or even just with the AVEO application,
a blank window pops up with "there is no video capturing device" or something along those lines. i would really like this to be fixed as soon as possible, help please:)!

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On my laptop, by the power button there are four silve square buttons.
one button p1,turns the camera on.
press this and t will work.

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Go to start button then right click on "My Computer" and choose properties. Look for the hardware tab then choose device manager and look through the list for a yellow exclamation point.It may be under "imaging". You can try removing the device, then when you reboot the computer it should find and install the device again.If this doesnt fix it then go to the manufacturers website and download the drivers for that models webcam.

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